MC2 Completes B737-300 Avionics Upgrade
New STC for changes and Additions developed by Mid-Canada Mod Center
Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA – 24 June 2019 – Bill Arsenault, President of Mid-Canada Mod Center (MC2) is pleased to announce the completion of yet another company first – this one involving an extensive cockpit update to a Boeing 737-300. The project was started in February of this year and completed in June. The aircraft is now undergoing modification to “combi” status – a mix of cargo and passenger configuration. The aircraft will operate from a variety of airfield and airspace areas across northern and central Canada.
FAA and Transport Canada approved STCs were modernized for this installation. The installation was customized to add WAAS LPV approach capability, updates to all component software versions with the latest available, plus added additional capabilities such as ADS-B and a passenger briefing system installation used to automate passenger messaging. This required MC2 to develop and obtain approval by Transport Canada and a new resulting STC for the changes and additions.
The core of this mod involved re-purposing the existing legacy FMCDU and removing the existing obsolete EFIS systems. The core equipment installed consisted of:
- 4 Display EFI-890R Large Panel Integrated Smart Display Suite
- Dual UNS-1FW WAAS LPV Flight Management Systems
- Universal Class A TAWS
- Universal Vision 1 Synthetic Vision System
- DO260b Automatic Dependent Surveillance
- PBS-600 Electronic Passenger Briefing System
About this mod
As with all MC2 mods – especially those for aircraft working into and out of mixed airport and airspace environments – safety and efficiency were among the targets for this
modernization project. This project was completed at MC2’s CYKF facility.
In speaking about this modification, Bill Arsenault said – “The Boeing 737’s that we had modified to this point involved 14 model -200s. and 1 -300. This will make #16 and is unique to all of the work done on Boeing 737’s to this point. It is however very similar to the cockpit upgrade that was done last year on 2 – 737-200s where we installed the same 4 display EFI-890R System. This particular part of the mod has field proven experience and success.
Our track record in bringing new technology to older cockpits is extensive. MC2 are established champions in the process of extending the life of classic aircraft like these. Improved efficiency and operational flexibility are industry trademarks for MC2. We remain committed and focused on incorporating an advanced level of avionics support and engineering for all our clients.”
About Mid-Canda Mod Center
MC2 (AMO #59-97) is focused on providing industry leading avionics expertise to the corporate and 2nd tier commercial aviation markets. Our recent successes include ADS-B, other NextGen systems and integration, WAAS GPS, FMS with LPV, cabin entertainment and communication systems including the latest Satcom and Wi-Fi applications.
The YYZ office of MC2 is the corporate headquarters and lead facility and is located in the North End Business Aviation area of Lester B Pearson International Airport (LBPIA) – CYYZ.
The YKF satellite facility is based in Hangar 53 on the north side area of the Region of Waterloo International Airport – CYKF – and is able to handle aircraft up to and including large Boeing aircraft.
Both locations provide 24/7 AOG service through a centralized system.